Civil Service understand skills needed for progress, report reveals

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Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 3 October 2013 in News
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62 per cent of staff agreed that they have a good understanding of the skills needed to progress

Cornerstone OnDemand has announced that civil service staff today have a clear understanding of the skills they need to progress and how they can further support public services.

According to research by Dods, 62 per cent of staff agreed that they have a good understanding of the skills needed to progress, leading organisations to consider how they best use talent to drive public services and meet the objectives of the Civil Service Reform Plan 2012. 

"The Civil Service Reform Plan, unveiled last year, was a vision for transforming the most vital part of the Civil Service: its people - and it now seems that civil service staff have a clear understanding of their own skillsets and the skills they need to develop to really drive progress further," said Vincent Belliveau, VP EMEA, Cornerstone OnDemand.

"More and more is being demanded of civil servants today and t is clear that they are rising to the challenge." 

The research also revealed the mechanisms behind this, with 46 per cent of staff in the public sector having access to an online talent management platform from which staff can track and manage their own progression. Almost a fifth of departments (23 per cent) viewed talent management as a high or top priority, making it clear that gaining a picture of skills across the organisation is rising up the agenda.

"The Civil Service today undoubtedly faces a great number of challenges, but the future is bright.

"The new competency frameworks introduced last year at higher grades and this year at lower grades represents the start of departments taking a consistent and transparent view of talent within the organisation. According to the survey, 33 per cent of civil servants agree that the Competency Framework will improve performance reviews/appraisals in their organisation and help with better talent management.

"If the framework can be successfully built upon and used effectively, then civil servants can begin to understand the true potential of their staff, maintain consistent and transparent performance procedures, and begin to re-imagine how the civil service as a whole can operate to better meet the needs of today and tomorrow."  

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